TAMA MA

The autobiographical journey of New Zealand’s leading dance duo. A contemporary dance performance that explores two lives with insight, sensitivity and raw human drama.

Four of the strongest voices in New Zealand Dance combine their talents to bring a powerful and evocative dance performance to the stage. Presented as a five act autobiographical dance journey; Tama Ma is powerfully performed by Taane Mete and Taiaroa Royal; the distinguished Douglas Wright choreographs Act Two while the extraordinary talents of Michael Parmenter shape Act Four. Tama Ma tells the story of two men who travel from boyhood, to manhood, and the real life tale of love, life, joy and sorrow.  The five part act moves from a short dance film projected on stage to a drag queen’s journey to femininity and the return back to masculinity.  A young boy’s connection to his Whanau (family) and Iwi (tribe) and a mature man’s ideas of identity are also deeply explored. Tama Ma premiered in Auckland at the Tempo Dance Festival October 2008, and went on to a four centre National Tour in 2009, with phenomenal audience feedback and critical acclaim.

“Tama Ma is a sensational new dance work which is inspiring, simple and honest as well as a bit raunchy and clever.” John Daly-Peoples, National Business Review

“Tama Ma, the hit dance show by Taane Mete and Taiaroa Royal, is a must see event!  It is rare to see such complicity and love expressed on stage; their partnership is extraordinary.” Lynne Pringle, Theatreview

“We do not often see choreography that is so deeply drawn from a core of Māori culture and personal experience… This is profoundly important theatre.” Jennifer Shennan, Dominion Post

2015

No performances scheduled as yet

AVAILABILITY

Tama Ma is available for future bookings from 2015 onwards
For further information and to request a Media Pack please contact Rachael Penman, Okareka General Manager Rachael@okareka.com

PAST PERFORMANCES

2014

HOLLAND: Holland Dance Festival

2011

BRISBANE AUSTRALIA: Brisbane Pow

2010

ADELAIDE AUSTRALIA: Selected scenes at the Australian Performing Arts Market
LAKE TAUPO NZ: Erupt Arts Festival
HASTINGS NZ: Hawkes Bay Opera House
NELSON NZ: Theatre Royal
PERTH AUSTRALIA: Strut Dance,Dolphin Theatre

2009

BEIJING CHINA: Selected scenes at the International Symposium on Chinese and Pacific Music: Pito (Act 1 film) and Hand to Hand (Act 4)
HAMILTON NZ: WEL Energy Trust Academy for Performing Arts Playhouse
AUCKLAND NZ: Maidment Theatre
WELLINGTON NZ: Soundings Theatre, Te Papa
CHRISTCHURCH NZ: Body Festival of Dance, James Hay Theatre

2008

CINCINNATI USA: Premiere of Hand to Hand (Act 4) at the Lance Armstrong Foundation benefit concert in support of cancer research The Living Dance Project
AUCKLAND NZ: Premiere season at Tempo Dance Festival, Concert Chamber Auckland Town Hall

TAMA MA – HOLLAND DANCE FESTIVAL 2014

TAMA MA – FULL PERFORMANCE

THE MAKING OF TAMA MA – DOCUMENTARY

CAST

TAI ROYAL - DANCER / CHOREOGRAPHER / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Te Arawa, Kai Tahu, Ngati Rauwaka, Uenukukopako

Taiaroa trained at the New Zealand School of Dance, graduating in 1984. He has since performed with major dance companies both at home and abroad, including The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Douglas Wright, Michael Parmenter’s Commotion Dance Company, Black Grace, Orotokare and Atamira Dance Company. Tai has successfully choreographed many high profile events across Australasia including the Brancott Estate World of Wearable Arts Awards in Wellington, Auckland’s Christmas in the Park and over the past 3 years has choreographed operas for NZ Opera. Tai is also part of the teaching faculty at the UNITEC Bachelor of Performing Screen Arts, and has taught at The New Zealand School of Dance as well as many private dance schools.

TAANE METE - DANCER / CHOREOGRAPHER / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Ngati Kahungungu me Ngati Koroki


Taane Mete graduated with honors from the New Zealand School of Dance in 1988. His performing experience has seen him dance with companies such as Footnote Dance Company, Douglas Wright Dance Company, Taiao Dance Company, Fusion Dance Theatre, Michael Parmenter’s Commotion Dance Company, The Royal New Zealand Ballet, Human Garden Dance Company, Mau Dance Company and Atamira Dance Collective. In 2005 and 2006 Taane worked as a television presenter for the program Takataapui. Taane graduated from the Leadership New Zealand Program in 2008 and continues to advocate a leadership role in the dance community. Now into his 30th year as a performer Taane continues to develop exciting new projects for the company repertoire.

MEET THE TEAM BEHIND TAMA MA

ELIZABETH WHITING - COSTUME DESIGNER

Elizabeth Whiting headshotElizabeth has designed costumes for The NBR New Zealand Opera, Auckland Theatre Company, The Silo, Court Theatre, Red Leap and Okareka Dance, Black Grace, Douglas Wright Dance, Michael Parmenter, Atimira and Shona McCullagh and the Royal New Zealand Ballet. She designed costumes for Pop-Up Theatre in London, which was performed at the Edinburgh Festival. Opera design credits include Faust, Carmen, La Bohème (twice), Falstaff, Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro (twice), Così Fan Tutte (NZO) and she designed Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci for the Opera 2011 winter season and is designing Acis and Galatea, and Don Giovanni in 2013. Theatre design credits include In the Next Room, Mary Stuart, Well Hung, Equus, Cabaret, Into the Woods, Sweet Charity, Hair, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Duchess of Malfi, Pillow Man, My Name Is Gary Cooper The Importance of Being Earnest (ATC); The Country Wife, La Cage aux Folles, The Great Gatsby and Cabaret for Court Theatre Tartuffe, Top Girls, Three Days of Rain, Irma Vep, The Scene, Holding the Man, When the Rain Stops Falling, Assassins, and Tartuffe (The Silo) She designed The Glass Menagerie and Anne Boleyn in 2013.

RACHAEL PENMAN - GENERAL MANAGER / PRODUCER

Trained as a dancer and an also as a director in film and television, Rachael Penman has been a producer of theatre and dance since 1992. Working with NZ’s dance royalty MJ O Reilly, Douglas Wright, Shona McCullagh, and Neil Ieremia she worked as a stage manager, production manager and a producer. Rachael spent 5 years in London as a producer for West End Musical Theatre, with Bill Kenwright, and with her own theatre in the West End. She also advised for theatre companies around Europe. In 2005, Rachael came back to NZ to raise a family and moved into the commercial world of business and marketing. Rachael has been drawn back to her true love by the passion of Tai and Taane and their company Okareka and brings a wealth of international theatre touring and business experience to the company.